Mary's Library

Friday, April 28, 2006

Local Boy Makes Good

Jess Walter’s Citizen Vince won the 2005 Edgar for Best Novel last night. He was a long shot and the competition was stiff: Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, George Pelecanos. Citizen Vince is only Walter’s third mystery and he has not been well known outside of devoted mystery reading circles and the Spokane bookstore crowd. All that is changed as of last night.

I was reading his books when I lived in Virginia. These days I live in Spokane, the setting and heart of his mysteries, and I’m proud to find that a fellow citizen is getting the recognition he deserves.

The first and second books in the Caroline Mabry series are Over Tumbled Graves (©2001) and Land of the Blind (©2003.) Both are available in mass market paperback. Citizen Vince is still in hardback, but it’s the very best mystery novel published in the US last year, so don’t wait for the paperback. Buy it now.


At 6:14 AM PDT , Anonymous peter said...

Would you recommend reading the others first? Or would someone (see: me) be able to jump in and start with Citizen Vince?

Hard to ignore the Edgar winning book even if it is just for a period of time to finish the two earlier books.

At 8:29 AM PDT , Blogger Mary said...

This is a tough one. I usually read anything in a series in order.

But, as you say, an Edgar is an Edgar.

Go ahead and read Citizen Vince first.



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